Designer Paolo Giordano was challenged with creating a superyacht that owners could enjoy 365 days a year - and did just that in the form of the Leopard L50.
“The owner’s apartment is in the best area of the yacht,” says Giordano unequivocally of the Leopard L50 concept. Encompassing the entirety of the upper deck, the suite enjoys vast panoramas through floor-to-ceiling windows, generous sleeping arrangements and a private office. Opening up to a private aft terrace, a sun deck above and a swimming pool at the bow, it is the focal point of this 50 metre superyacht.
The space is a result of the designer’s challenge to create a yacht that could be enjoyed for long periods spent on board – and not just for the short weekend away. With the pandemic changing how frequently owners can travel, the brief for the L50 has made her the perfect boat for extended cruising in today’s current climate.
“The main concept behind this yacht was to create a sense of home, and to give the possibility to the owner to spend a lot of time on the water, and not only for vacations,” says Giordano.
Moving through the decks, it’s easy to see how the hours could be whiled away on board. A voluminous beach club on the lower deck offers storage for toys and tenders and is completed with a waterline lounge area for drying off after an afternoon dip in the water. Just above, a panoramic terrace offers spectacular views from plush sofas, accompanied by a glass-fronted Jacuzzi and a large al fresco dining table for ten.
Inside, an oversized saloon serves as the main social hub. The interiors are modern and simple so as not to distract from the jaw-dropping views provided by full-height windows that run the length of the main deck. Instead of allowing the living areas to become cluttered by lots of furniture and contrasting materials, “we tried to emphasise the space,” Giordano explains. “The intention was to have a very big space and a lot of natural light... and glass wherever possible.” The palette picks out a trio of complementary colours: ecru, walnut and dark chocolate.
The views of the watery world surrounding the L50 are best observed from the formal dining area, which is Giordano’s favourite element on board. Occupying its own space on the yacht’s port side, huge, glazed panes frame the seascape and provide the ultimate backdrop to evenings spent sharing stories across the glass-topped dining table. “It’s a different interpretation of a dining area,” says Giordano.
The living spaces aboard the L50 may be a primary focus its designer, but the interiors are nonetheless wrapped up an attractive package.
The exterior is described by Giordano as “very simple” and “very sporty”, well matched with its performance that will see the design hit 18 knots under full power. The superstructure is also finished with a unique hull colour which the designer calls “a mix between bronze and champagne.” Contrasted with the sleek black coating of the flybridge, its two-tone exterior will ensure that the L50 always stands out from the crowd.
This is not the first time that Giordano has worked with the Leopard brand. His familiarity with the fledgeling shipyard began with the design of its 3.5 and 5.5 Open Sports models before moving on to the larger 16-24 metre "sports explorer" hulls in Leopard’s Evolution line. The L50 is one of the first concepts born from the Tuscan shipyard and represents a new generation of luxury superyachts for Cantieri Navali Leopard.